Come to think of it I would now say that the decade of the 80s set the foundation for how we live today, while I have read other books that say it is the 60s, then the 70s. The book is a collection of essays written during the 80s, covering many topics: A lifelong member of the Democratic Socialist Party, Barbara Ehrenreich has never been circumspect about her politics.
The Inner Life of the Middle ClassEhrenreich examined the drift of the Middle Class to conservatism, describing it as a defensive reflex arising from uneasiness caused by uncertainty in the economy and massive corporate layoffs.
In The Hearts of Men: The author addressed themes such as increased selfishness and the loss of generosity in The Worst Years of Our Lives: While at Rockefeller, Ehrenreich became involved in the Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement.
She is writing from a well-established position and is too entrenched in that point of view to be hailed primarily as an iconoclast. Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greeda collection of essays previously published in several periodicals. AND what is astonishing to me, so prescient for today.
Contrary to the common belief that man is aggressive by nature, Ehrenreich argues that the nature of this behavior is a codification of the relatively recent progression of mankind from prey to predator.
She offers interesting insights into the decade in question and into her own sensibilities. I got married, started a family - two boys, raised a fantastic dog - Duffy, took great vacations, learned to drink martinis, but in all honesty the stage was being set for the current fiasco our country is experiencing; so indeed the essays are irreverent notes from a decade of greed!
I loved this book. McClay wrote, "she is a graceful and often witty essayist, usually at her best in writing of everyday, commonplace things—food, dieting, fashion, leisure, "relationships," and pop culture—from a mildly heterodox feminist position.
Born inher daughter Rosa was named after Rosa ParksRosa Luxemburgand a great-grandmother. I have read her Nickel and Dimed: This book is absolutely a five star and should be read widely as an example of social critique.
In she completed a Ph. That being said, Ehrenreich is a fine writer. In a critique of Re-Making Love, Julie Abraham stated, "[The authors] have not talked to enough people, or considered the complex interactions between sexual and social change that even their own writing illustrates.
Origins and History of the Passions of War is an alternative theory to the origins of war.
So typical Barbara and in the same vein of everything else she has written, doing her damndest to expose the dark side of America. The author has been faulted for her oversimplification of complex issues and her reliance on pop culture sources and television to support her arguments, however, reviewers acknowledge her writing skill and perceptiveness.
Her first marriage, to John Ehrenreich inand produced two children, Rosa and Benjamin, and ended in divorce. She met her first husband, John Ehrenreichduring an anti-war activism campaign in New York Cityand they married in She lectured at the University of California, Santa Barbarawas a writer-in-residence at the Ohio State UniversityWayne Morse chair at the University of Oregonand a teaching fellow at the graduate school of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
She received a B. American lecturer, journalist, novelist, and critic. Those books were much more reasoned and careful than this book. Ehrenreich is not boldly striking out on her own and slaying sacred cows which is what comes to my mind when you mention the word "irreverent" as much as she is engaging in a drawn-out squabble with another popular and, at the moment, ascendant trend.
She married Gary Stevenson in I think her talents are well suited to the short essay form. When Ehrenreich was 35, according to the book Always Too Soon: Raised in a working-class atheist family that had a longstanding ethic of independent thinking, Ehrenreich became a left-wing political activist, although her college career prepared her for the hard sciences.
Inshe married Gary Stevenson, a union organizer for the Teamsters. Even critics at the opposite end of the political spectrum have found this directness refreshing: In this book, she speaks so much more with her own voice as opposed to approximating a more neutral tone. The Sexual Politics of Sickness American Dreams and the Flight from CommitmentEhrenreich argued that both men and women were beginning to break away from the traditional roles of breadwinner and housewife.
In Fear of Falling: We reach out to all unemployed, underemployed, and anxiously employed workers—people who bought the American dream that education and credentials could lead to a secure middle class life, but now find their lives disrupted by forces beyond their control.
Crow Book Shop - Burlington, VT typical Barbara Ehrenreich - so not only do I agree completely with what she writes, but am laughing hysterically the entire time I am reading the essay. I think her more recent books are aimed at a more universal audience, and through this transition, much of her special appeal is lost.
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Presents an offbeat look back at the s that covers topics ranging from /5(5). Barbara Ehrenreich (/ In her book of essays The Worst Years of Our Lives, she wrote that "the one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks.".
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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Nickel and Dimed, Blood Rites, The Worst Years of Our Lives (a New York Times bestseller), Fear of Falling, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and eight other books.
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